Mike Pence: ‘I Don’t Understand’ Michelle Obama’s Criticism of Donald Trump

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Pence also said he believes Trump's denials of the sexual assault allegations

This article originally appeared on TIME.

Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said that he ‘does not understand’ Michelle Obama’s recent criticism of Donald Trump’s comments about women.

On CBS This Morning Friday, Pence was asked to respond to the first lady’s assertion that the 2005 video leaked of Trump speaking crudely about women “wasn’t just locker-room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior.” (Obama made that comment in a searing speech about Trump she delivered Thursday.)

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“I don’t understand the basis of her claim,” Pence said Friday. “What he’s made clear is that was talk, regrettable talk on his part, but that there were no actions and he’s categorically denied these latest unsubstantiated allegations.”

Pence was also asked if he personally believes Trump’s denials. “I do believe him,” Pence said. “The Donald Trump that I’ve come to know… is someone who has a long record of not only loving his family, lifting his family up, but employing and promoting women in positions of authority in his company.”

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